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Health

18,000 agree: Acupuncture relieves low back pain

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Nearly 80 percent of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in life, and back pain is the number one reason for seeking acupuncture, according to WebMD. Does acupuncture really relieve chronic back aches?  Yes, according to the 18,000 participants in research pooled from 29 studies and reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Overall, participants reported significant pain relief.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, “Acupuncture describes procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques.  Most often, skin is penetrated with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or electrical stimulation.  Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key component of traditional Chinese medicine.”
   
Doctors at Ostir Physical Medicine in Joliet explain that acupuncture needles “stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, plus increase blood flow to affected areas.  These chemicals can either change the experience of pain, or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating systems.
   
“Improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional balance.”
   
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the theory that energy or “Qi,” (pronounced “chee”), flows through the body, reaching every tissue.  Inserting needles at specific points correlating to certain ailments, can release, retain, or stimulate energy for healing.
   
Combining Chinese acupuncture with modern chiropractic techniques have helped patients restore their flow of Qi, while reducing pain and inflammation.
   
“We can use acupuncture for muscle and joint pain, neurological conditions, addiction, and other internal issues.  Acupuncture can be combined with other physical and mental therapies, or used alone,” according to Ostir Physical Medicine.
   
For more information, contact Ostir Physical Medicine, (815) 729-2022, or visit www.ostirphysicalmed.com.

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